- Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:21 pm
Not much. After seeing trailchaser's video on fishing marsh drains, I went out yesterday to a marsh drain, with obvious tailing reds, and my first cast with a purple/chartreuse paddletail resulted in a 19" red. I thought: "Wow this is gonna be a great day!" Well, I never got another bite in four hours! The fish were everywhere, but not wanting to bite the following:
my original purple paddletail, root beer/yellow Gulp shrimp, chrome/blue Spook, Jr., red/chrome She-dog, blue/chrome rattletrap, bone diamond TSL grasswalker, bone spook Jr., gold spoon, DOA shrimp, maroon/yellow assassin. Water was usually a foot or so, but when deeper, I tried many of the above with a popping cork. Very frustrating to be surrounded by reds, and they wouldn't bite.
Later, I got out about four issues of Saltwater Angler magazine and went through and highlighted the guides' Go-To lures, and tallied their favorites:
Down South XL Shad, mostly Plum/Chartreuse 12
KWigglers Willowtail and Ball Tail Shad, mostly /Bone Diamond 6
Paul Brown Original or Soft Dine, mostly Pink/Pearl 4
Gulp Shrimp, Swimming Mullet, both dark and white 4
Matrix Shad, Glow/Chartreuse 4
Homewrecker twitching mullet 3
So, if you believe the guides are objective and not biased by sponsorship, freebies, etc., the Down South lures are their favorites. I suspect that satisfying their customers would be the main goal, even before other goals and objectives.
This is not a scientific survey, but something to do rather than watching the Super Bowl Halftime (un)show.
Maybe it's time to order some Down South plastics? What works for you guys, and does it vary day-to-day?
Good luck, TexasJim, looking at my empty freezer.